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A Systematic Review of the Literature on Women's Health, 2000-2010

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Final rept. 1 Jan 2010-30 Mar 2015

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Purpose To inventory and assess existing research on military women s health issues and care with the goal of identifying significant research gaps and inform the Military Health System MHS and Department of Defense decision-making processes with evidence-based results. Design Systematic review of peer-reviewed research articles meeting 4 inclusion criteria 1 the study related to US military personnel 2 the study involved women servicemembers, compared men and women service members, compared military women with civilian women, or analyzed women separately 3 the study involved active dutyreservistNational Guard military personnel eligible for health care in the MHS and 4 the topic was relevant to MHS care of the delivery of MHS care to military women. Sample A total of 1411 research articles published between 2000 and 2010 were screened 317 that met the inclusion criteria were assessed and included in the systematic review. Analysis The articles were initially categorized into 8 topics 1 readinesshealth protection illness prevention 2 gynecological health 3 psychological health 4 deployment health 5 environmental and occupational exposures 6 obstetricspostpartum issuesfertility 7 chronic disease and 8 interpersonal violencesexual trauma. The 317 articles included in the systematic review were read and assessed by a TriService Nursing Research Program TSNRP Military Women s Health Research Interest Group MWHRIG Core Leader and a subject matter expert using a preformatted screening form that included the study question, study design, data collection strategies, overall and gender-specific findings. Articles were also rated using a hierarchy of evidence based on study design as well as quality of evidence. Findings The preponderance of the literature on military women s health research is related to readiness and health promotion, followed by psychological health and gynecological health.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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